I recently had an intriguing comment from Cassandra, who said, "Hello, I'm new to the world of goth. I've been surveying it from afar for a while now, and I've decided it's time to take a closer look. The "goth palette" is currently one of my biggest obstacles to exploring the goth look. Don't get me wrong; I think it's gorgeous, it just seems custom-made to be exactly wrong for me. My skin has a kind of ivory caste to it that you would think would be great for goth. But whenever I wear really cool colors, the ivory turns downright yellow. I have the same problem with wearing silver, which is even more unfortunate. I've been toying with the idea of accessorizing with enameled metal to get around the silver problem. And black isn't a problem for me, especially if it's a sable/sepia kind of black. But if I'm going to experiment with the goth look it would be nice if I had some other options to play with besides black. Does anyone have any ideas? Maybe I should forge my own subgenre: "Autumn Goth" ..."
I'm sure that when it comes to warm tones, for many of us the first style that comes to mind is Steampunk Goth, with its heavy emphasis on brass, copper, sepia, brown and cream. Some styles of faerie and tribal Goth fashion also utilise earthy colours such as browns and greens - I'm sure that copper jewellery would look lovely with these.
Personally, I like to wear accent colours like orange and gold when I'm feeling a bit Halloween-y (doesn't everyone get that hankering for the spooky atmosphere and theatrical Gothy cheesiness at random throughout the year?), such as black and orange striped tights and a glittery gold design on a T-shirt (with pumpkin hair clips, of course!). Burgundy and deep red are also popular colours for Goth fashion.
Perhaps a take on ice Goth fashion, except utilising cream and off-white, which are warmer, might also be an idea? I absolutely would die for this 'steampunk bride' ensemble by Vecona:
Photograph by Viona
My two most-admired geniuses...
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Frankly I think that Autumn Goth sounds lovely and would work very well - I highly doubt that the lovely Cassandra is the only Gothling whose colouring simply doesn't work with cool tones. In fact, I think I might give this style a spin myself sometime.
Since warm colours are rarely seen in the Goth 'palette' this would also be an unusual and interesting twist on Goth fashion. By all means experiment with gold and copper jewellery and accents - I can't for a moment imagine why this wouldn't work! For inspiration, I recommend Googling Vecona, and there are also several sets on Viona-Art using autumnal shades, such as this one (clothing by Vecona, again...) and this one.